I had the brainwave that I could use the left-over gift bag room from my elder's party in January and make a classroom scene from printables. My daughters identified the important elements of the classroom and then we set out to find them on the web. I think we found everything Jim's printables at http://www.printmini.com, http://miniatures.About.com and a site I only just found with a huge range of stuff, Boop Mini Printables at http://www.geocities.com/boopmini40/
Wendy in Clinton, NJ
Boop Mini Printables at http://www.geocities.com/boopmini40/
I used a table from the dollar store and painted it the right colours, backed a clock face of Jim's with a button of the right shape and colour, made a flag from a fabric cutout and a fancy toothpick, mitred a window frame from balsa, made coloured pencils from 1/2" nails with the heads cut off and painted, and everything else was paper. We even found a printable stone floor that looked pretty realistic behind the window frame! Boop Mini's had the critical snack food containers and bookcases, somewhere else had the ubiquitous tissue box, to which we added a real bit of tissue, Jim's TV, computer and dictionary (exactly the right one!) were perfect. We also found manila files and envelopes, graph paper, tiny word puzzles, books (including a Dr Seuss with inside pages), 12" and 36" rulers, a file box, maps and posters. Paper sample books rescued a while back from the garbage provided construction paper and even a blue rug. Finally, my daughters painted and drew miniature artwork for the classroom walls.
Wendy in Clinton, NJ
How to Print on Fabric Using Your Inkjet Printer Using Freezer Paper: With this method, you will actually print directly onto the fabric, rather than transferring. Cut a piece of fabric the size of a regular piece of paper (8 1/2 X 11). Cut a piece of freezer paper the same size. Press the wrong side of the fabric to the shiny side of the freezer paper, using an iron set to medium heat. Press just enough to melt the wax on the paper, and fuse the fabric to it--- the whole thing will become slightly stiff. Trim if necessary, so that there are no fabric edges hanging over the paper. Put the fused piece into the printer tray with the fabric side facing the proper direction for the printer to print directly onto the fabric. Be sure the sheet is in straight, and that there is regular printer paper beneath it in the printer tray.
You may want to experiment with your printer settings. If available, try special paper or transparency settings. Try setting to highest quality print and darkest print level. If your printer allows for extra drying time, try this as well. Each printer is different, so once you get some settings that work for you, write them down.
Once you have your settings ready to go, print the image onto the fabric. Once the sheet goes through, it's best to handle the piece as little as possible until it is really dry. Set it aside for a while, or use a blow dryer.
This method can be a little tricky, but yields a very nice result, with good color quality. The down side is that the finished piece will not be washable. I've heard there is a product out there that will set the ink, making it permanent, but I haven't tried or found it yet.
Printables site in French: here is a beautiful site for printables. Don't worry you don't need to speak French just click away. It does have printable windows and doors, food stickers etc. etc... check it out it is fantastic. http://users.skynet.be/sudene/imprimables.html.
Printies free: we have printies here FREE for those who would like them also free mini bear pattern 1/12 of course. Jane in UK list mum at mini teddy
Paper models of Furniture: This is another site with different printable models
Lynn in Cahokia
New printable project on SS site: Dorothée very generously sent me a printable Cyclamen plant project for the Small Stuff Gallery. Check it out at http://smallstuff-digest.com/gallery.htm!
Fuzzy and Freezer Paper: Many people have written about using the fuzzy paper available at scrapbook stores to make rugs. There is a fuzzy paper that is made for printers...supposedly won't get all that fuzzy stuff on your printer heads! I have sent for this and used it extensively for printing out rugs, and so far, my printer hasn't choked on fuzziness. I get it here: http://www.paper-paper.com/fuzzy-paper.html
Freezer paper is hard to find here in the LA area also, but I found the site for Reynolds Aluminum and they do have an e-mail address to ask for products in your area:http://www.reynoldskitchens.com/reynoldskitchens/kitchenconnection/products/freezer_paper/index.asp
Kaye in LA
Printables: you can create your own pharmaceuticals with printies from www.geocities.com/boopmini40/ which is a gold mine of various packaging and other mini-household goods conveniently sorted by type.
Marianne van Beelen tipped me to this site (thank you!), which features gorgeous Portuguese tiles, very inspirational as flooring or quilting/needlework patterns: http://newmediarepublic.com/azulejos/House.html
Fading: People in the lighting industry know that fading is based on several things, but mostly it is based on the amount of light (measured in footcandles) times the duration of exposure (footcandle hours). If you are creating an heirloom, and are concerned about fading, probably the very best thing you can do to protect the interior is to have doors on your dh whereby you can seal off both daylight and electric lighting. This will do more than printers, inks made of pigments rather than dyes, archival paper, glass, Plexiglas and fixatives. Art collectors who purchase original prints for investment's sake often leave them in drawers rather than display them to protect them from fading.
Kathy from Tustin
Chicken pictures: For people interested in chicken pictures for a kitchen or somewhere, Jan Brett has some nice borders, etc. They would have to be reduced before printing.
Medical clinic printables: I have come across some very good web sites that have printables, one that I found was:
They had some medical labels, and if you go to links you may find more of what you are looking for.
Boop Mini's has tons of printables to share, a lot of work has gone into them & you can find just about anything you need! http://www.geocities.com/boopmini40/
The 144 Nuremberg kitchen: I thought, I deserve a treat, and decided to make up the Nuremberg kitchen printable Jean Day has on her site, especially as when I am mini-ing indoors, Rodney is outdoors - ah bliss, ah peace, Earlier I had bought a 144 Nuremberg kitchen from Francis Armstrong .. hhmm, I'm thinking medley here, and when I printed off Jean Day's kitchen via the Paint program in Microsoft and the wall pattern fitted exactly into a matchbox, I knew it was meant to be,
I pasted wall and floor into a matchbox, and sealed them with Mod Podge. I used waste bits left over from a punch out house kit to make the body of the stove, and glued the piccy of the stove front onto the stove body, mod podged it, then added acrylic painted details. Glued black card on top for the surface, and a bent flue pipe I had cut from a 144 pot bellied stove bought in Holland. Everything comes in useful in the end.
I edged the window piccy with very thin white painted wood strip, all round, and glued royal blue tissue to it for curtains, then I glued the whole ensemble into the left hand corner and the stove slightly off center, both on the back wall..
I made a tiny shelf which I glued on the right wall, and using snipped up tiny plastic tubes which protect paint brushes to make glass bowls, and brass thingumijigs bought from Tee Pee crafts, filled the shelf with goodies.
With a scrap of square shaped wood, I veneered it with the thin veneer which one can occasionally find in cigar boxes, and used snipped off bits of brass to indicate handles. Voila! a cupboard. This was glued onto the left hand wall.
The bones of the kitchen done, I raided Francis' kit for all the little pots, bowls, plates and pans, and now the kitchen is full and utterly gorgeous. I felt so smart she said modestly.
Helen from York, England
Can Labels: You can find labels at these sites, but the ones from sover.net will need to be resized in a graphics program. http://www.sover.net/~oldlabel/unframed.html (they have food labels, cigar labels, seed packets, etc...) http://www.printmini.com/
Labels: http://www.labelman.com for crate & can labels.
Labels and printies: The links to ALL the printie sites can be found here http://www.miniaturereality.com/
Printing Transparencies: Transparencies, of course - the kind they use on an overhead projector during those long, boring business presentations. These are available from most any office supply or computer supply store. Be sure you get the right type for the printer you are using, e.g., laser vs. inkjet. You can print anything on this thin, transparent material that can be printed on plain paper.
There is also a product available that is similar, but after you print it, you heat it in the oven, and the material shrinks to a much smaller size, becoming thicker as it shrinks in length and width. The final product is fairly thick and stiff and could serve as the windows themselves. I believe I found mine in the office supply aisle of my local Meijer supermarket. Again, check the local office/computer/stationary supply stores.
Printing on transparency paper: I love it and use it a lot. Just MAKE SURE you put the paper in right (I hear groans of recognition out there). One side is intentionally rough so that the ink doesn't smear. I must printed out some CD's from Jim's site and they look great on the transparency paper.
Material to use with Backlighting: Terry solved my question about printing photos to be back-lit for a room box. That would be this: http://www.paper-paper.com/backlight.html But several other people had good suggestions for me which I'm also going to try out, involving clear transparencies and mylar available from officesupply stores.
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